Linda’s List for June 20: Winter planting is here, heat again, late blight

I still feel like we are caught somewhere in endless spring, but believe it or not, some important planting windows for winter harvests are upon us.

Winter broccoli and winter cauliflower: Sow seeds from now until the end of June, either directly in the garden or in seed flats or pots. Given the rampaging slugs, pillbugs, birds and root rot diseases still plaguing us during all this wet weather, I have opted to sow mine in seedling trays and will keep them in the kitchen until they germinate (no need for bottom heat at this point).

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A caravan of pilgrims is heading to the Peace River- ARE YOU IN?

The 12th Annual Paddle for the Peace is planned for Saturday, July 8th, 2017.

If you’ve never been to this North East part of BC or want to return and Paddle for the Peace one more time, here’s an idea to consider…

Why not fill up your car with passengers and join us on a special pilgrimage to the spectacular Peace River Valley and Fort St John area of our province?

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Salmon Sister Salmon Brother (Video)

Comox Valley Project Watershed Society in collaboration with K’omoks First Nations and various concerned members of our community continue to work on the restoration and preservation of the K’omoks estuary.

A collaboration by Joanna Finch, Methuselah Dance Troupe and Pod Creative.

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A Guide to Beginning Container Gardening

Have you always loved the idea of growing your own food, flowers, and even trees, but never really had a garden to do it in? Well, the good news is, now you can. With container gardening growing plants has never been easier. It is a fairly simple practice which involves a pot or any type of vessel, some soil, and the plant of your choice. It is a perfect gardening option for people who live in small spaces or for those who move around a lot and do not want to leave their plants behind.

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Pearl Ellis Gallery: Landscapes & Other Things 2
Jun 6 – Jun 24 all day

The Pearl Ellis Gallery in Comox will be displaying a new show on June 6th entitled “Landscapes and Other Things – 2”. The show not only has oil and acrylic paintings of landscapes, but also includes elements from the fishing aspect of life on the West Coast.

It will showcase works by Lorna Welch, who has resided in Zeballos on the West Coast of the Island with her husband Larry for over 20 years, and David Netterville, who retired with his partner Louise to the Comox Valley from Europe about 10 years ago.

Many of Lorna Welch’s paintings depict the historical settings around the picturesque village of Zeballos, which was first populated in the early 1930s when gold was discovered in the surrounding hills. Logging came to the Zeballos area in the early 1950s and an iron mine operated for a while after being opened in 1962. It was logging along with the budding tourism industry, however that offered the most jobs and hope for the future. In addition to capturing the rustic energy of the early buildings, Lorna has also painted works of wildlife on paddles and fishing floats.

David spent many holidays in the Zeballos area and around Vancouver Island for nearly 30 years while living overseas before retiring to the Comox Valley in 2008. Since locating to the Island he has taken up painting and says that he still struggles to find a style and learn more about composition. While working primarily with oil paints and doing landscapes from photographs, with the occasional sojourn into painting with his eyes closed, he considers painting sessions to be therapeutic.

The art show and sale will be from Tuesday, June 6 until Sunday, June 24. The Pearl Ellis Gallery is located at 1729 Comox Avenue in Comox and the show is open from Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. A reception will be
held at the Gallery on Saturday, June 10 between 1 and 4 pm when it will be possible to meet both of the artists and discuss their work.

Miners’ Memorial Weekend
Jun 21 – Jun 24 all day

Miners’ Memorial Weekend welcomes hundreds from across the west coast for a weekend filled with passionate exchange and respectful remembrance in the Village of Cumberland, June 21 – 24. This year marks the 32nd anniversary of the event.

The week kicks off with a film double header presented by the Cumberland branch of Vancouver Island Regional Library, 5:30 – 7:30pm on Wednesday, June 21. Learn about the rise and fall of the Dunsmuir family and the legacy of Hatley Park in ‘Whatever the cost: Hatley Park and the Dunsmuirs’, and the life and death of labour activist Ginger Goodwin with contemporary conversations in ‘Goodwin’s Way’. These two documentaries highlight the stark difference between the opulent wealth of the Dunsmuir family, and the atrocious working conditions of the Dunsmuir mines in Cumberland which led to labour unrest in the area.

On Thursday, June 22, the Cumberland Museum and Archives is pleased to present author, activist, and stand-up comedian Charles Demers at the Cumberland Cultural Centre. Demers has performed for national television and radio audiences, and at the Just for Laughs Festival. He is one of the most frequently returning stars of CBC Radio’s smash-hit comedy show The Debaters. Local poets Shayne avec i grec and Comox Valley Poet Laureate Natalie Nickerson open the show at 7:30pm.

The Songs of the Workers is Miners Memorial Weekend’s Friday night tradition. This classic pub night welcomes local and visiting musicians to share songs and poems in the working class tradition from past to present. Locally brewed beer, pizza, and fantastic company in the OAP Hall starting at 7pm.

Saturday morning’s pancake breakfast from 9-11am at the C.R.I. is by donation, and welcome to all. Following breakfast, join Karver Everson, K’omoks and Kwakwaka’wakw artist, and Keisha Everson, teacher and member of the K’omoks First Nation, as they present on the history of the region. At 1pm the graveside ceremony begins at the Cumberland cemetery where tributes are shared and flowers are laid at the grave of Ginger Goodwin and the many Cumberland fallen miners. From there, the ceremony moves to the Japanese cemetery for the laying of roses and a commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the uprooting of Cumberland’s Japanese-Canadian communities. Saturday concludes with a community supper at the Cultural Centre including guest speakers, music, food and drink.

Most events are free, or by donation, with proceeds supporting exhibits and programs at the Cumberland Museum and Archives. Find the full schedule plus tickets for the Charles Demers show and Community Supper at

FMI: 250-336-2445

Miners Memorial – Comedian Charles Demers
Jun 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Tix 15-20 dollars

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Miners Memorial – ‘Songs of the Workers’ open mic
Jun 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

‘Songs of the Workers’ open mic cabaret style entertainment – by donation

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Miners Memorial – Pancake Breakfast
Jun 24 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

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Miners Memorial – K’omoks First Nation workshop with Karver and Keisha Everson
Jun 24 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

K’omoks First Nation workshop with Karver and Keisha Everson.

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Miners Memorial Day graveside vigil @ Cumberland Cemetery
Jun 24 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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